May 1963

Live: Odeon Cinema, Manchester

The Beatles’ only appearance at the Odeon Cinema on Manchester’s Oxford Street was the twelfth date of the group’s UK tour with Roy Orbison.

Live: Rialto Theatre, York

The Beatles’ third concert at the Rialto Theatre in York, England, was part of their UK tour with Roy Orbison.

Live: Capitol Cinema, Cardiff

The Beatles’ first concert in Cardiff, Wales, took place during their UK tour with Roy Orbison. They performed at the city’s Capitol Cinema.

Live: City Hall, Sheffield

The seventh stop on the Roy Orbison tour of May/June 1963 was at the City Hall in Sheffield, England. This was the third of four performances by The Beatles at this venue. Throughout this tour, The Beatles performed a set featuring the same seven songs: Some Other Guy, Do You Want To Know A Secret,… Read more »

Live: Granada Cinema, Walthamstow, London

Day six of their UK tour with Roy Orbison, and The Beatles performed at the Granada Cinema in Walthamstow, London. The concert took place shortly after the recording of the first Pop Go The Beatles programme for the BBC.

Radio: Pop Go The Beatles

On 30 April 1963 a BBC studio manager, Vernon Lawrence, suggested to his manager, assistant department head Donald MacLean, that The Beatles be given their own radio series. MacLean approved the idea, with four programmes commissioned and the option for a further 11 if successful.

Live: Gaumont Cinema, Ipswich

Following a one-day break, the Roy Orbison tour resumed on this day with a concert at the Gaumont Cinema, Ipswich, Suffolk.

Live: Gaumont Cinema, Southampton

The third date of The Beatles’ tour with Roy Orbison took place at the Gaumont Cinema in Southampton. Also on the bill were Gerry and the Pacemakers, David Macbeth, Louise Cordet, Tony Marsh, Terry Young Six, Erkey Grant and Ian Crawford.

Live: Gaumont Cinema, Stoke-on-Trent

This was The Beatles’ second and final appearance at the Gaumont in Stoke-on-Trent, following their appearance on the Helen Shapiro tour on 3 March 1963.

Live: Grosvenor Rooms, Norwich

This was The Beatles’ only performance in the Norfolk city of Norwich. The concert was booked in April 1963 by local promoters Peter Holmes, Ray Aldous and Geoffrey Walker for a fee of £250.

Television: Pops And Lenny

The Beatles made their second appearance on national BBC television, on the children’s show Pops And Lenny.

Live: Royalty Theatre, Chester

This was The Beatles’ only appearance at this venue in Chester. They performed seven songs: Some Other Guy, Thank You Girl, Do You Want To Know A Secret, Please Please Me, You Really Got A Hold On Me, I Saw Her Standing There and From Me To You. The performances of Some Other Guy and… Read more »

Live: Rink Ballroom, Sunderland

This was The Beatles’ only concert appearance at Sunderland’s Rink Ballroom, although they performed in the city’s Empire Theatre on two other occasions: 9 February and 30 November 1963.

Television: Thank Your Lucky Stars

The Beatles topped the bill on the ABC Television programme Thank Your Lucky Stars on this day. It was filmed at the Alpha Television Studios in Birmingham, England.